The drug problem is not just happening in high schools around America. It has also reached elementary schools, and Augusta is trying to battle that with a $125,000.00 federal grant to help create a new police officer position dedicated to drug abuse education and prevention in the city’s elementary schools.

According to Centralmaine.com, Chief Robert Gregoire said the new position will be similar to the role filled now at Cony High School by School Resource Officer Carly Wiggin. The new position will be focused on the city’s younger students at elementary schools and in summer recreation and childcare programs.

According to Gregoire, in the summer months, when school is not in session, the officer will seek to maintain contact with local youths, such as by partnering with Augusta Recreation, interacting with kids at city parks and pools, and at summer programs at Buker Community Center.